Hey, Nick Diaz (pictured). When are you gonna fight again?
How about, 2020!
During Monday’s Nevada Athletic Commission hearing, Diaz was issued an unprecedented five-year suspension for flunking his UFC 183 post-fight drug test for marijuana metabolites.
Diaz was also docked $165,000 (33 percent of his $500,000 UFC 183 purse).
Diaz’s attorney, Lucas Middlebrook, said they intend to appeal the NAC’s ruling.
It was the third time the controversial 32-year-old failed a drug test due to marijuana. Diaz was suspended a year after testing positive for weed following a loss to Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight title at UFC 143 in 2012, and banned six months after his upset victory (which was subsequently overturned to a no contest) over Takanori Gomi at Pride 33 in 2007.
All three tests came in Nevada.
Diaz dropped a unanimous decision to Anderson Silva in UFC 183’s featured attraction. His suspension is retroactive to the January 31, 2015 fight date, so he’ll be eligible to return after January 31, 2020.
Speaking of Silva and suspensions, Silva was only banned for one year after multiple performance-enhancing drugs were discovered in his system on two separate occasions after beating Diaz.
Diaz has retired from mixed martial arts on at least two previous occasions. UFC president Dana White had stated Diaz made enough money from the sport, particularly after losing to then-welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158, to stay retired.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com got a quick video of a heated Diaz as he left today’s hearing:
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 14, 2015